Dental Bonding at Oakland Family Dental

Repair Your Smile With Dental Bonding

Are you self-conscious about the appearance of your teeth? Do you have chipped, cracked, or discolored teeth that make you feel less confident when you smile? If so, dental bonding may be the perfect solution for you. At Oakland Family Dental, our Waterford, MI, dentist, Dr. Amanda Sheehan, offers dental bonding as a minimally invasive cosmetic dentistry procedure that can transform your smile and improve your overall self-confidence.

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What Is Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure that involves the application of a tooth-colored resin material to the surface of a tooth. The resin material is sculpted and shaped by Dr. Sheehan to match the natural contours of the tooth, allowing it to blend seamlessly with the surrounding teeth. Dental bonding can correct a range of aesthetic issues, including chipped, cracked, or discolored teeth, as well as gaps or spaces between teeth.

The Benefits of Dental Bonding

Dental bonding has several benefits, including: 

  • Minimally Invasive Cosmetic Dental Procedure: Dental bonding is a minimally invasive cosmetic dental procedure that typically doesn’t require anesthesia. The process involves little to no removal of tooth enamel, making it a less invasive option compared to other cosmetic dental procedures.
  • Single Visit Procedure: Unlike other cosmetic dental procedures, dental bonding can be completed in a single visit to the dental clinic. This makes it a convenient option for patients who want to improve the appearance of their teeth without the need for multiple appointments.
  • Affordable: Dental bonding is a relatively affordable cosmetic dental procedure compared to other options, making it an accessible solution for many patients.
  • Natural-Looking Results: Dental bonding creates a natural-looking result that can improve the overall appearance of your teeth. The resin material is carefully sculpted and shaped to match the natural contours of the tooth, allowing it to blend seamlessly with the surrounding teeth.

Dental Bonding Candidacy

Dental bonding is a great option for patients with a range of aesthetic issues. However, it’s important to note that dental bonding is not suitable for everyone. Patients with severe decay or structural damage to their teeth may require more extensive dental work before bonding can be performed. 

For example, if you have decay or a cavity in the tooth that needs bonding, Dr. Sheehan will remove the decay and restore the tooth with a filling before proceeding with the bonding process. Similarly, if you have gum disease, this will need treatment before bonding.

Additionally, if you have a severely misaligned or damaged tooth, dental bonding may not be the best option for you. In these cases, your dentist may recommend alternative treatments such as braces, veneers, or dental crowns. Your Waterford dentist will be able to determine if dental bonding is the right solution for your individual needs at your first consultation. 

Dental Bonding Process

The dental bonding procedure usually takes between 30 minutes to an hour to complete, depending on the number of teeth being treated. The process begins with the application of a conditioning liquid to the surface of the tooth to help the resin material bond to the tooth.

Your Waterford dentist will then apply the resin material to the tooth, carefully sculpting and shaping it to match the natural contours of the tooth. Once the resin material has been applied, we’ll use a special light to harden and set the material in place.

Finally, a member of our team will polish the tooth to give it a natural-looking finish, and you’ll leave our Waterford, MI office with a beautiful new smile.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long will dental bonding last?

Dental bonding typically lasts between 3 to 10 years, depending on the patient’s oral hygiene habits and lifestyle factors. Regular dental checkups and cleanings can help prolong the life of your bonding.

Is dental bonding painful?

Dental bonding is a minimally invasive procedure that typically does not require anesthetic. Some patients may experience mild sensitivity after the procedure, but this discomfort should subside within a few days.

Will dental bonding match the color of my natural teeth?

Yes, the resin material used in dental bonding can be color-matched to your natural teeth, creating a seamless and natural-looking result. When you receive dental bonding, the dentist will use a composite resin material that is designed to blend in with the color of your natural teeth. This material comes in a range of shades, and the dentist will select the one that most closely matches your natural teeth.

Schedule a Consultation With Dr. Sheehan

If you’re ready to transform your smile and improve your oral health, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with our Waterford dentist today. Our team of experienced dental professionals are eager to help you correct your dental issues with dental bonding.

Schedule a consultation at our Waterford, MI office today by contacting us at (248) 674- 0384 or by filling out our online form. We’re proud to serve Michigan patients in Waterford, Shelby, Bloomfield Hills, Rochester, and the surrounding areas.